‘La La Land’ Director Damien Chazelle is Making a Musical Series for Netflix

Damien Chazelle

The Academy Award-winning director behind La La Land and WhiplashDamien Chazelle, is joining forces with Netflix and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Star Wars: Episode IX) for a musical called The Eddy. Chazelle will direct two of the eight episodes, which are all set in Paris, France. After how lavish and dreamy Chazelle made Los Angeles look in La La Land, I can’t wait to see what he does with Paris.

Below, learn more about the Damien Chazelle Netflix musical series.

Back in April, we learned the project was being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services, but now we know a little bit more. The story is about a Paris jazz club and focuses on the owner, the band, and the city. It’s set in present day and deals heavily with the relationship between the American and French-Arab co-owners of the club, complete with roles for French, English, and Arabic speaking talent.

Netflix’s VP of international originals, Erik Barmack, told Variety the series will feature French actors, crew members, and maybe some directors. Barmack described The Eddy as “somewhere in between” Whiplash and La La Land, “From the intense, complex relationship between a jazz drummer and his instructor in Whiplash to his dazzling duo of lovelorn Los Angelenos in La La Land, Damien’s work is emotional and electrifying.”

As for Chazelle, he’s “always dreamed of shooting in Paris.” He’s working with some real heavy-hitters on The Eddy, including six-time Grammy winner, Glen Ballard. The composer and producer worked with Michael Jackson on “Bad” and “Thriller,” in addition to co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette’s finest album, “Jagged Little Pill,” which Diablo Cody is adapting into a stage musical. Ballard is writing the original score for the Netflix series, which Six Feet Under and The Newsroom‘s Alan Poul is executive producing.

Chazelle has now joined the list of some of today’s top filmmakers working with Netflix, which already includes Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), David Fincher (House of Cards), the Coen Brothers (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Ava DuVernay (The 13th), David Michód (War Machine) and others. More and more great directors keep turning to these streaming services. Though Amazon’s list is just as impressive: Woody Allen (Crisis in Six Scenes), Barry Jenkins (Underground Railroad), David O. Russell (an untilted gangster project), Yorgos Lanthimos (an untitled Oliver North project), and Nicolas Winding Refn (Too Old to Die Young).

I imagine a few networks were interested in a Damien Chazzelle musical series after the success of La La Land, but Netflix seems like a great home for the filmmaker, to hopefully help tell the story how he sees fit. La La Land is such a joyful musical with both heartbreak and wonder. If he can capture even a small portion of that magic with his Netflix show, we’re in for a treat. When the filmmaker will fit The Eddy into his busy schedule is unknown at the moment. He’s currently working on the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which Jon Bernthal joined the cast of only yesterday. He’s shooting that ambitious drama starting in November, with a fourth-quarter 2018 release date already locked down.

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Top 7 Spontaneous Musical Numbers in Non-Musicals

This list was hard to define. There are lots of great musical numbers in non-musicals, such as “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “My Rifle Pony in Me” from Rio Bravo, etc., it goes on forever. There are also great dance numbers in non-musicals such as “Putting on the Ritz” from Young Frankenstein to “Time […]

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Official Trailer for the Anticipated Bollywood Musical ‘Secret Superstar’

Secret Superstar Trailer

“Mom, I want the world to hear my voice!” Up for another singing competition movie? Bollywood is ready to launch a guaranteed hit with the movie Secret Superstar, about a 14-year-old girl from Baroda who dreams of being a singer. It’s not often we feature trailers for Bollywood movies, but I thought we’d make an exception for this one, especially considering it opens the same day in India as it does in the US later this October. Zaira Wasim stars as Insiya, with Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, Tirth Sharma, Kabir Sheikh, Farrukh Jaffer, and Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan. This actually looks fun, but it’s still another one of these singer-must-overcome-her-family stories we’ve seen many times before. English subtitles included. ›››

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FOX Announces Live Musical Production of Rent

A live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent announced by FOX

A live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent announced by FOX

FOX has announced a live musical production of the Tony Award-, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. Marc Platt (Grease: LIVE, La La Land, Wicked) is on board to executive produce alongside the estate of writer/composer Jonathan Larson. The musical premiered on Broadway back in 1996 and was a reimagined version of Puccini’s “La bohème.” It was set in New York City’s East Village and tells the story of a group of young artists trying to make it in the big city. The show won four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the brilliant Jonathan Larson and producer Marc Platt on one of the great musicals of our time,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “The title is so iconic, the music is so beloved, and the themes are as meaningful today as they were when the show first premiered on Broadway. With Marc overseeing this project, we are sure it will have a profound impact on the legions of fans who know and love this musical.”

“‘Rent’ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,” said Julie and Al Larson. “None of us could have imagined the massive impact that the messages and themes in ‘Rent’ would have on the theater community or the world…except for Jonathan. We are absolutely thrilled to be continuing Jonathan’s legacy and the still-relevant themes of the show in this way.”

The live musical version of Rent will be executive-produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson and Revolution Studios’ Vince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine. The Broadway show became a film in 2005 and starred Anthony Rapp, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs.

Are you guys interested in seeing a live musical version of Rent? Who would you like to see cast? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Wingmen: Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Direct R-Rated Musical

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to direct the upcoming R-rated musical, Wingmen. It has himself and Channing Tatum attached to star as pilots who wind up Vegas.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will direct the R-rated comedy Wingmen, starring himself and Channing Tatum

Word broke more than a year ago that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum were planning to team up for an R-rated musical comedy. Now, word breaks via Variety that the film — titled Wingmen — will also be directed by Gordon-Levitt, marking his second directorial feature after 2013’s Don Jon. Wingmen originated from a story by Gordon-Levitt and 21 Jump Street scribe Michael Bacall. According to the trade, the storyline follows two pilots who make a crash landing in Las Vegas. The article likens the tone of Wingmen to both Pitch Perfect and The Book of Mormon, with the soundtrack set to feature Top 100 hits.

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Although Gordon-Levitt and Tatum have been attached to Wingmen for a while, Gordon-Levitt had not always been planning to also direct.

“The thing is, that’s going to be really challenging performance-wise,” the star told CinemaBlend last year when asked if might consider helming. “We really want to rehearse and really, really push ourselves as far as the performance. Directing is very time consuming. So, I mean, you wouldn’t be able to be in full-day dance rehearsals at the same time as planning your shots and meeting with production designers and stuff like that.”

Things appear to have changed recently, however, and Wingmen is heading into development at Universal Pictures with Gordon-Levitt in the director’s chair. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions are attached to produce Wingmen alongside Gordon Levitt through his HitRecord Films and Tatum through his Free Association (alongside creative partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan). Universal’s senior VP of production Kristin Lowe is overseeing for the studio.

Does Wingmen sound like a project you’ll want to check out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Remake Won’t Be a Musical

Mulan Remake Is Not a Musical

Ever since Maleficent was released in 2014, Disney has been obsessed with giving their animated classics the live-action remake treatment. However, out of the four that have followed, only Beauty and the Beast has been a full fledged musical. And as of now, it sounds like the lack of signature tunes in Disney’s live-action remakes will continue with the Mulan remake that’s in the works.

Mulan has Niki Caro attached to direct the live-action remake of the movie about a young girl who impersonates a man in order to join the Chinese military so that her ailing father won’t be drafted and sent to war. The film is in the final stages of pre-production, and that’s enough for Caro to know what kind of remake we’re looking at, and fans might be disappointed to hear that the original songs from the animated film are not part of the plan.

Caro recently spoke to Moviefone while promoting the arrival of her new movie The Zookeeper’s Wife. While she said that her version of the 1998 animated favorite would be “a big, girly martial arts epic” just like the animated movie, she also confirmed that Mulan remake is not a musical:

“Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”

Caro’s children likely aren’t going to be the only fans horrified by a lack of songs in the new Mulan. However, this really shouldn’t be surprising when you look at how Disney has been approaching most of these remakes. The Jungle Book only incorporated a couple songs into the movie, including “Bare Necessities” and a different version of King Louie’s song “I Wanna Be Like You.” Meanwhile, Cinderella didn’t have any songs.

It’s not hard to understand why a change like this is taking place. The tone and style that the Mulan remake is going for would likely be upset by the inclusion of any musical sequences. Making those kind of interludes feel natural and organic rather than distracting can be difficult, especially if the entire movie isn’t a musical. Still, it would be nice if Niki Caro figured out a way to at least include  “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” somehow:

Our best hope is that Caro does say “no songs right now,” which indicates that their approach could change at some point. The film is supposed to start shooting in China this spring, though we have no idea who is starring in the movie yet. Hopefully we’ll find out more about Mulan soon.

Will you be disappointed if there are no songs in Mulan?

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Must Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s First Musical Titled ‘Coco’

Pixar's Coco Trailer

“The music – it’s not just in me, it IS me.” Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Pixar’s new movie, a musical titled Coco, based around the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. We don’t know much about the plot, but as you can see, it involves a young boy getting lost in the world of the dead while searching for his father. The voice cast includes newcomer Anthony Gonzalez playing Miguel, along with Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Renee Victor. As our initial introduction to this original movie from Pixar, this is quite wonderful. I love that we’re getting a new Pixar movie that has a dog as a sidekick. Beyond that, it looks like it has the emotion of Monsters Inc in a Mexican musical, and I’m excited already. ›››

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Superhero Bits: The State of Thor and Jane Foster, The Flash/Supergirl Musical Footage & More

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How did Hugh Jackman embarrass himself in front of his celebrity crush? What are the best X-Men video games ever made? Are Thor and Jane Foster still together in Thor: Ragnarok? What did James McAvoy think of Logan? Which Marvel Cinematic Universe film is currently undergoing reshoots? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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‘Baby Driver’ Early Buzz: Edgar Wright Has Crafted a Dazzling Car Chase Musical

Baby Driver Reviews

Last night, attendees of South by Southwest were lucky enough to see the world premiere of Baby Driver, the latest film from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World director Edgar Wright. The first trailer debuted just before the screening was over (watch it along with a much different international trailer over here), and if you’re somehow not convinced to see the movie, maybe the early buzz from the first reactions to the movie will help.

We have a round-up of some brief reactions to Baby Driver after the jump.

For those who may not be familiar with the film, here’s the synopsis for Baby Driver:

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Following the premiere, here are some of the Baby Driver reactions from Twitter last night, with the first coming from our own Jacob Hall (who will have a full review soon) and Devindra Hardawar, followed by some of the other press on hand down in Austin, Texas:

Though it wasn’t all big praise and hype. There was some dissension among the ranks:

Meanwhile, there are a few full Baby Driver reviews that are already online, including this one from Peter Debruge at Variety:

Like all Edgar Wright movies, “Baby Driver” is a blast, featuring wall-to-wall music and a surfeit of inspired ideas. But it’s also something of a mess, blaring pop tunes of every sort as it lurches between rip-roaring car chases, colorful pre-caper banter, and a twee young-love subplot — to the extent that the movie will resonate most with audiences that skew young, hip, and, like its helmer and its hero (the latter played by baby-faced “The Fault in Our Stars” star Ansel Elgort), more than a little obsessive.

Wilson Webb at The Hollywood Reporter has a little more praise:

A movie-as-mixtape with few slots available for catch-your-breath downtempo tracks, Edgar Wright’s rollicking Baby Driver is a Gone in 60 Seconds for the La La Land crowd, a True Romance that relishes the long wait before its young lovers can finally go on the lam. A crime-flick love story as Pop-conscious as Wright’s earlier work but unironic about its romantic core, it will delight the director’s fans but requires no film-geek certification…

Eric Vespe (aka Quint) at Ain’t It Cool News had high expectations, and Edgar Wright exceeded them:

My expectations for Baby Driver were already through the roof so when I tell you that all I wanted to do was stand up and applaud the 113 minutes I just observed when the lights came back up you should know that feeling had to pass a bar set so high that it might as well be touching the ceiling.

Baby Driver is more polished and less crazy with his cuts and zooms than anything else that he’s done, but it is also so thoroughly an Edgar Wright movie at the same time. His sense of humor, his understanding of character development and whip fast pacing are all on display, but in a slightly more grounded way.

You think you know how this movie’s going to go. You think it’s a “one last job” movie, but even if you’re super film literate Wright knows more about movies than you do and he knows what you’re expecting so he throws in a lot of curveballs. There are characters you love that become not quite so loveable and vice-versa. There are heist scenes you’re pretty sure you have figured out, only to have them go off in different directions.

Michael Roffman at Consequence of Sound adds:

Wright orchestrates his action like it’s being primed for a Technicolor musical, which is completely understandable given that he tagged performance artist, choreographer, and designer Ryan Heffington for the assist behind the scenes…Granted, there’s always been a musicality to Wright’s work, but it’s never been to this scale and hardly at this volume. From beginning to end, Wright chews through dozens upon dozens of songs, making this seem like one long, epic music video…

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For anyone who thought the trailer for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver looked conventional, the full reviews should help quell any worry they might have that the director has created something conventional. Plus, the consistent reference to the film as being a car chase movie musical has me the most excited. I can’t wait to see how Edgar Wright uses music to drive the film, let alone every single action sequence. It doesn’t seem like that’s something which can be easily shown in the brief format of a movie trailer, but as we get closer to the August release date, we’ll undoubtedly see a clip that better shows what’s in store for us.

Baby Driver arrives in theaters late this summer on August 11.

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Superhero Bits: Theatrical Deadpool 2 Teaser, The Flash/Supergirl Musical Songs, Groot Puppet & More

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Who are the strongest women in Marvel Comics? Is Warner Bros. willing to make more R-rated superhero movies for the DC Expanded Universe? Why did the X-Men Animated Series voice actor who played Wolverine have trouble letting go of the character? Want to watch the theatrical version of the Deadpool 2 teaser? What are some of the song titles in The Flash/Supergirl crossover? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

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Hugh Jackman posed with Wolverine‘s iconic mask, and that’s as close as we’ll get to seeing him wear the yellow outfit.

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